The short form of names that end in nina, such as Antonina and related to the Spanish word, ni\u00f1a and the Hebrew name Ann. Listed among the top 200 from the 1880s until 1941 due to the fame of Ballerina Dame Ninette de Valois, the founder of London's renowned Royal Ballet in 1931. The name maintained its popularity with the inspiration of singer, songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone who released over 40 albums between the 1950s and 1990s. Also influenced by rock singer Nina Rachel Shapiro Gordon, the co-founder of the band Veruca Salt who moved on to a successful solo career after leaving the band in 1998. Also the name of one of Christopher Columbus's three ships.